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June 18th 2004
Pushkar is on the way to Cincinnati, Oh
June18th 2004
Pushkar was invited to present his speech at Antioch College. 
June 17th 2004
Pushkar gave a speech at Yellow springs Library.  It was open to public.  He shared his experiences and also answered some questions.  It was a potluck dinner from 5:30 pm till 8:30 pm.
June 15th 2004
Pushkar Shah will be in Yellow springs (Dayton) Library on Thursday (June 17th) from 5:30 pm till 8:30 pm.  So join him and hear his experiences.  Its a potluck dinner.  Meet him and help him carry on his journey of peace.
June 14th/2004
Pushkar Shah ( info@pushkarshah.com) is in Dayton, Ohio.  Dayton is a birthplace of Wright Brothers.  His pictures from Wright Cycle Co (Wright brothers bicycle shop--now a museum) will be updated soon He was featured on Dayton Daily News on June 14th 2004.
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By Kristin McAllister

Dayton Daily News

FAIRBORN | Pushkar Shah has seen the worst of what mankind has to offer during his six-year bicycle trek through 60 countries to promote world peace.

But despite attacks by robbers and even a kidnapping, it is the stories of living off the land and the kindness of his fellow man that brings a smile to Shah's face.

Fairborn resident Nischal Shrestha, a native of Shah's home country of Nepal and a supporter of his quest, is housing Shah during his stop. Shah, 36, rode his bike to Dayton last week from Canada and will leave today for Los Angeles. His next stop is Africa.

Shah, a peace activist in college and witness to violence throughout his life in Nepal, left home in 1998 with the goal of visiting every country in the world to promote peace.

He said he thinks by 2009 his journey will be complete. He wants to end the quest by climbing Mount Everest and staking a flag from 150 nations in a show of solidarity for peace.

"We are one world, one heart. We have one sun, one moon we are of one world," he said. "One man cannot change everything. We all have to be a personal messenger of peace."

Nepal, between China and India, is slightly larger than Arkansas and is home to the Himalayan mountains. Shah said his story is a lesson about hope and never losing sight of it about forging ahead despite pain, hunger and thirst.

His mission grew out of a tortured past literally.

Shah said his father was killed in 1986 in a terrorist attack. And as a young man, Shah said, he was beaten and tortured by police while he was a peace activist before graduating from the University of Kathmandu.

He began he journey with just 100 Nepalese rupees ($1.50), handed to him by his mother. But as his story spread, cash donations came in through a Web site that tracks his progress. He uses the money to buy airline tickets to cross the oceans. Offers of shelter and assistance during his travels also came from around the globe.

Even so, there are many days that Shah goes without food, and some meals are as meager as discarded orange peels or fruits from trees and plants.

There also are those days he looks back on and knows he's lucky to be alive.

While in Mexico in late 2003 and in dire need of water, Shah said he was resting under a tree by the roadside when a truck pulled up. Three men lured him into the truck, where one pulled a knife and knocked him unconscious.

When he awoke on the truck floor, Shah said he knew they were going to kill him, so decided to try to fight his way out of the truck.

He managed to escape into the desert with cuts and bruises.

Five days later, police found the assailants and recovered his bike, thanks to Shah, who memorized the truck's license plate number.

Then there was the time in Barbados when a man sneaked into his tent and beat him up even after Shah offered what little money he had.

But Shah said those bad memories are more than balanced by the people who offer him meals and shelter, or help in other small ways.

"Everyday, I ask please send me today one more person (who) is kind," he said.

In March 2001, it was Sir Edmund Hilary who came to Shah's aid.

Hilary, the first man to climb to the top of Mount Everest, heard about Shah after his bike was stolen while he was in New Zealand and paid for him to get a new bike.

You Can also view his website at http://www.pushkarshah.com


Nepali world cyclist Pushkar Shah reached Paraguay, the 60th country of his world tour.  His journey began on 29 November 1998 from Nepal with the goal of traveling to150 countries to promote world peace.  After Paraguay,  Pushkar will reenter Brazil and cycle north to Brasilia, the capital city.  He plans to bring flags from all of the countries he will have visited to the summit of Mt. Everest in 2010. www.pushkarshah.com

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 A B O U T   P U S H K A R   &   H I S   F A M I L Y

Puskar Shah was born and raised amidst the cornfields of Makaibari village in Dolakha. Puskar's father was in the Indian army, so he went to school in Assam till the fifth grade. He then studied in Kutidanda Nimna Madhyamik Vidhyala in Makaibari till seven. His father died in 2043 during a war with Bodos in Assam. Puskar passed his SLC from Kalinchok Madhyamik Vidhyala in Charikot, and came to the valley for his further studies. That was when the popular moment started. "Everybody wanted democracy," Puskar recalls, "So did I." Puskar wanted it more than most of us, who got it cheap. He took part in demonstrations, meetings, hunger strikes and other activities planned out by the political parties that were fighting jointly for the purpose of throwing the Panchayat party from power and bringing in a multiparty democracy.

Source of Article: Wave Magazine
Photos: Sent through email by Puskar Shah



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